Willie Mabon

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Willie Mabon, 1975

Willie Mabon (born October 24, 1925 in Hollywood , Tennessee , † April 19, 1985 in Paris , France ) was an American R&B singer, songwriter and pianist.

Raised in Memphis , Tennessee, Mabon came to Chicago in 1942 as an accomplished blues player . He founded the band "The Blues Rockers" and from 1949 made recordings for various record labels . His huge hit I Don't Know was followed by I'm Mad in 1953 and Poison Ivy in 1954 . After that, the success subsided.

In 1972 Mabon moved to Paris. He toured Europe quite successfully and continued to record until his death in 1985. His album Shake That Thing was awarded the Prix ​​Big Bill Broonzy .

The greatest success for Mabon was the piece I Don't Know , which occupied the top position of the R&B charts for eight weeks in 1952 and was later re-recorded by Tennessee Ernie Ford .

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